Beat The System: Fast-Food Hacks For The Kuripot Foodie

The savviest of Filipinos strive to make the most of every peso that leaves their hands. Like in the fast-food, for instance. To the uninitiated, the menu is exactly what it is: a set of meals readily available to be served on your tray.

But with the use of basic arithmetic skills, an eye for detail, and immense hunger, you can hack the menu of fast-food chains.

Below are some examples proven and tested by foodie slash budget masters off the internet.

Beat The System

Jolly pocket, jolly tummy

Facebook user Noel Ang, an accountant by profession according to his profile, shared a similar formula for keeping your spending to langhap sarap levels.

Jollibee, Chickenjoy Spaghetti meal + extra rice = P142
Jollibee, Chickenjoy with Rice meal + Spaghetti ala carte = P131
You save: P11 and get a free drink

Jollibee, Two-Piece Chickenjoy meal + extra rice = P174
Jollibee, One-Piece Chickenjoy meal + One-piece Chickenjoy ala carte = P157
You save: P17

Read: How To Look And Feel ‘Classy’ On A Tight Budget

Two beat one

Burger King, one Double Whopper solo = P210
Burger King, two Whopper Jr. solos = P200

Not only do you save a whopping P10 (a big deal if you’re a commuter), you get a discount on calories, too. The Double Whopper contains 850 calories, while two Whopper Jrs. only have 720 calories.

The ultimate battle of the bacons

FHM Philippines tips that customers “can get essentially the same amount of toppings and satisfaction and twice the amount of buns.” In doing so, you can save P50, which can either go to your savings or be used to buy an iced tea.

Baconator / Baconator Mushroom Melt < Two regular Bacon Mushroom Melt burgers

Why go gaga over Giga?

Facebook user Gel Tolentino posted a price-per-gram comparison to reveal the most sulit option from your favorite potato stand. His data revealed that Potato Corner Giga Fries provides the most value for fries fanatics.

  Regular Large Jumbo Mega Giga Terra
Price P29 P50 P80 P100 P169 P199
Grams 50 100 150 200 350 400
Price per gram 0.58 0.5 0.533333 0.5 0.482857 0.4975

Hole in the whole

Regular Choco Butternut Donut is at P35, while a five-piece Choco Butternut Munchkin goes for the same price. But which one offers the better value?

According to user Justin Lee’s Facebook post, “Mas mabigat ang timbang ng munchkins kesa sa donut by 17 grams. That’s 23% more!”

Break the (price of) bread in two

Well, this one’s not really a hack, but more like an FYI. French-Asian fusion bakery and patisserie Tous les Jours sells their breads at 50% off when the clock strikes 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. Just in time when you’re on your way home from work!

Read: 3 Filipinos With Different Needs And Expenses Share Their Budgeting Methods

When ‘two’ and ‘double’ have a significant difference

McDonald’s, Double Cheeseburger ala carte = P107
McDonald’s, two Cheeseburgers ala carte = P92

Is your wallet more starving than your stomach? At McDonald’s, you get more bread, more cheese, and more beef when you go for two Cheeseburger solos.